It was a week of trades for the Dallas Stars and it appears the trades have left the team better and in prime position for a playoff spot next year.
Last year on the 4th of July, the Minnesota Wild came out with a bang and let the fireworks fly when they signed the top two free agents on the market in Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.Ã‚Â This year was the Dallas Stars who made a splash trading for the young talented center Tyler Seguin from the Boston Bruins.Ã‚Â The Stars also got center Joe Peverley in the deal, bolstering the center position, a big area of need entering free agency.Ã‚Â They also got defenseman Ryan Button.
In exchange, the Stars sent one of the more unheralded forwards in the league in left wing Loui Erikkson to Boston along with three prospects.Ã‚Â The prospects include forward Reilly Smith, right wing Matt Fraser and defenseman Joe Morrow.Ã‚Â Seems like a small price to pay for someone as talented as Seguin.Ã‚Â Erikkson will be missed in the Stars locker room and on the ice.Ã‚Â In his seven seasons with the Stars, Erikkson scored 150 goals and assisted on an additional 207.Ã‚Â He was a leader both on and off the ice.Ã‚Â Boston is getting a good player.Ã‚Â The big piece in this trade unquestionably though is Tyler Seguin.Ã‚Â While he has underperformed at times in his brief career, especially in the postseason this year in which he scored only one goal, this may be the wakeup call Seguin needs.Ã‚Â HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only 21 years old, but he will be at the very center of the Stars ongoing efforts to make the postseason. Ã‚Â New Stars GM Jim Nill is certainly putting his imprint on the Stars early in his tenure.Ã‚Â The Stars have added some high quality players and look like they will be making a return to the playoffs next year after a five year drought.Ã‚Â Next year will be interesting to see how each of these two teams do with the parts they’ve added in this trade.
Trading for Tyler Seguin wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the only move the Dallas Stars made though on Independence Day.Ã‚Â Hours after the Seguin trade, the Stars traded for another center, this time Shawn Horcoff of the Edmonton Oilers (Dallas traded defenseman Philip Larsen and a 2016 seventh round pick).Ã‚Â In just one day the Stars added three centers to their roster, a move that they hope will pay dividends next year.
There were a couple of other moves made by the Stars over the week.Ã‚Â They signed goalie Dan Ellis to a two-year $1.8 million deal and signed 10th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft Valeri Nichushkin to a three-year deal.
All said, it was a very productive week for the Dallas Stars.Ã‚Â On the surface it seems as though theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve greatly improved their roster.Ã‚Â One would think theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve put the rest of the Western Conference on notice.Ã‚Â However, sometimes trades donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t work out the way theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re orchestrated to.Ã‚Â The NHL landscape is changing rapidly, especially with the beginning of free agency and with the impending division realignment.Ã‚Â But Stars fans should be excited about Tyler Seguin.Ã‚Â The team has a general manager that isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t afraid to make a big splash.Ã‚Â And with moves like he made last week, the Stars and their fans may just find themselves back in the postseason.Ã‚Â How it all happens though is truly written in the stars.